- The definition of a soap opera is a highly dramatic radio or television show.
An example of a soap opera is the daily television drama Days of Our Lives.
- A drama, typically performed as a serial on daytime television or radio, characterized by stock characters and situations, sentimentality, and melodrama.
- A series of experiences characterized by dramatic displays of emotion.
Origin of soap operaFrom its originally having been sponsored by soap companies.
(plural soap operas)
From soap + opera: soap from the soap and detergent commercials originally broadcast during the shows, which were aimed at women who were cleaning their house at the time of viewing; opera from the melodramatic character of the shows.
- attributive form of soap opera, noun.
- a soap-opera fanzine